Message of the Week

By Your Perseverance You Will Secure Your Lives.

The Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus warns His followers of coming destruction, chaos, and persecution.

But He also adds that He will guide the faithful through the turbulence.

Faith in Him will save our lives, and it will merit us a place in heaven.

Do you trust completely in the Lord in times of fear and uncertainty?

 

Readings: Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time | USCCB

 

The Son of Man Has Come to SEEK & to SAVE What Was Lost

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Zacchaeus had a burning desire to know Jesus,  realized the obstacles before him, and went to extremes to eliminate them.

Jesus knew Zacchaeus’s heart and drew Him closer.

Zacchaeus experienced an immediate surrender to Christ.

What do we need to change in our lives to see and overcome our obstacles and deepen our relationship with Christ?

 

Readings: Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time | USCCB

O God, Be Merciful to Me……A SINNER

The Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus wants us to focus on doing what is right, to focus on God.
Pray with a heart of meekness, not with pride or a sense of superiority.
God is not in a game of ranking or positioning.
When He judges us, will we have given Him a life of service and a posture of utter humility?

 

Readings: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time | USCCB

Your Faith Has Saved You

The Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Give glory to God.

He heals us and is present among us.

Be thankful for all we have been given.

Have faith in Jesus’ message.

Is our faith strong enough to recognize Jesus’ saving action in our lives?

 

Readings: Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time | USCCB

 

We Have Done What We Were Obliged to Do

The Twenty-Seventh Sunday Ordinary Time

Jesus teaches us about the commitment necessary to be His disciples.

Halfhearted attempts will not suffice.

We must put off our priorities and put God’s requirements of us first.

It is so easy to say,  “I will get to it later.”

There are so many important things for us to do.

Have we really done what we are obliged to do?

 

Readings:  Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time | USCCB

 

If They Will Not Listen to Moses and the Prophets, Neither Will They Be Persuaded If Someone Should Rise From the Dead.

The Twenty-Sixth in Ordinary Time

We can easily be lulled into lukewarm complacency regarding our faith.

Our guidance from Jesus is to serve Him and our neighbors.

We may find that our lack of charity results in consequences for our future.

To avoid this great reversal, we must ask ourselves:  “Have I been living the mission I have been given?”

“Am I attuned to the needs of those around me?”

“Am I willing to make the sacrifices necessary to care for others in need?”

 

Readings:  Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time | USCCB

You Cannot Serve Both God & Mammon

The Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Handle the affairs of temporal life with an eye toward eternal life.

Trustworthiness is an important virtue, in the handling of all things.

Those who can be trusted in small things can also be trusted in great things.

Jesus teaches that His laws must always come first.

Putting anything above Him, but especially wealth will put us in conflict with ourselves.

This, we cannot resolve. Can we resist the temptation to try to “have it all”?

 

Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/091822.cfm

Rejoice Because I Have Found My Lost Sheep

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

There is always an opportunity in life for forgiveness and redemption.

No matter what one has done, Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation is always available for forgiveness.

There is always hope.

When we turn to Jesus, He will run to greet us.

We are truly important to Him and He will not let us down.

Jesus is, indeed, out looking for us, calling to us.

Can you hear Him?

 

Readings: Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time | USCCB

 

Whoever Does Not Carry His Own Cross and Come After Me Cannot Be My Disciple

The Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus gives us strong words to emphasize the high cost of being a disciple.

He uses metaphors to show us that the cost is even greater than loyalty to family and even all of your possessions.

Nothing can be allowed to distract you from the essential reality of Jesus calling you to the conversion of heart and discipleship.

Keep what you are doing in perspective. Love and care for your family and love God above all else.

We are encouraged to weigh carefully the dangers of making the wrong choice about who or what we really want to follow.

How much are we willing to sacrifice to be his disciples?

 

Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/090422.cfm

The One Who Humbles Himself Will Be Exalted.

The Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus teaches us about keeping our self-image properly focused.

Declaring ourselves at a level of importance beyond our real level can lead to problems.

Assuming that we are “better than” someone else may lead to a correction of place by others.

It is especially important that we walk humbly before our God for it is He who positions us in His Kingdom. Treat others as He has willed.

Be especially attentive to those who have less and can only do less. Do we have our priorities straight?

 

Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/082822.cfm

Strive to Enter Through the Narrow Door

The Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus warns His followers not to think they can do the minimum and enter heaven.

They need to strive to discern their God-given mission, then they must pursue it.

Reception of the Eucharist at Mass may be a passive following, if not accompanied by an aggressive attempt to live the gospel and build His kingdom.

Strength and persistence are necessary to pass through the narrow gate.

Are you committed to taking the difficult path that is required, passing the comfortable, secure, familiar one?

 

Readings:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/082122.cfm

I Have Come to Set the World on Fire

The Twentieth Sunday Ordinary Time

Jesus speaks with passion and intensity about His mission.

His mission was not to smooth over or tolerate compromise between God’s will and the preference of individuals.

Nor was it to accept indifference or a lukewarm attitude in His followers.

His mission was to challenge complacency and creature comforts.

People must make a choice between what they want and what God wants.

Jesus offered His life for His mission in the baptism of fire that was His crucifixion.

Are you willing to make the sacrifices to ignite a passion for your mission?

 

Readings:  Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time | USCCB

For Where Your Treasure Is, There Also Will Your Heart Be

The Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus encourages us to follow Him in faith and our relationship with others.

It is so easy to get caught up in things that keep us from our obligations to our God and to each other.

His promises must always be kept before us, so as to never forget that our salvation is at hand.

We prepare for His coming by always being good stewards of all He has given us, in wealth and talent.

What are we responsible for?  Are we paying attention?

 

Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/080722.cfm

 

One’s Life Does Not Consist Only of Possessions

The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Jesus warns us not to believe that all that we have is necessarily what we need.

If greed is the motive to possess we may be disappointed.

We may be called at any time and wealth should not be our main achievement.

Our wealth means nothing to God.  Fidelity to Him is all that counts.

Is anything holding you back from God?

Readings:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/073122.cfm

 

SEEK and You Will Find

The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

You will find the mercy of God.

Persistence in prayer is important for you to organize your life and your behavior.

God hears our pleas for help and support.

He will not deny us what is best for us.

Have you prayed the “Our Father” today?

 

Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/072422.cfm

There is a Need For Only One Thing

The Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

And Mary has chosen the better part … to listen to the Lord speak.

Martha is at work, too, but in haste and angst.

The life of faith requires balance.  A balance between contemplation and action.

Our readings this week speak of the need for hospitality and yet the need to also listen to the visitors in our lives.  Indeed, not to miss an encounter with God in our lives.

Do you sometimes miss an encounter with God because you are doing or thinking something else?

 

Readings:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/071722.cfm

Go and Do Likewise

The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus teaches us about the primacy of mercy.

The written law is not sufficient if it does not touch men’s hearts.

Our neighbor is anyone we encounter who is in need.

Sometimes mercy requires that we go beyond our normal path.

Can you think of who needs mercy among those around you?

 

Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/071022.cfm

The Kingdom of God is at Hand

The Fourteenth Sunday Ordinary Time

Jesus sends the 72 disciples to spread His word.

He sends them to heal the sick and proclaim the coming of the Kingdom of God.

We, too, are sent forward to also proclaim the Kingdom and to do what we can to heal a sick world.

There is much opposition to this mission, but we are given His protection to go forward without fear.

Can we trust that He is with us?

 

Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/070322.cfm

Go and Proclaim the Kingdom of God

The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus emphasizes the importance of proclaiming the Kingdom of God.

Disciples must put this proclamation as the first thing in their lives because of its importance.

Nothing else in life should come before the mission of a disciple.

Jesus understands the importance of other aspects of our lives as part of our mission.  But He also tells us not to let those things overwhelm the core of our mission.

Do you know the total mission you have, and how to fulfill it?

 

Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/062622.cfm

The Holy Spirit Will Guide You to All Truth

The Most Holy Trinity

The mystery and glory of God is shared with us, His creation, through the Holy Spirit.

Jesus’ life, death, and teaching has given us everything we need.

The Holy Spirit will help us understand what this really  means to us.

It is an unimaginably beautiful gift and it is much to absorb.
If we open ourselves to the Spirit He will come to us and help us.

Are you ready?

 

Readings:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/061222.cfm

Why Do You Notice the Splinter in Your Brother’s Eye ……

The Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

…..   But Do Not Perceive the Wooden Beam in Your Own?

Jesus reaffirms that what is inside our hearts will govern our actions.

Hypocrisy occurs when we ignore our faults and yet complain about others.

He stresses the need to examine ourselves, and change as necessary so that we can bear good fruit –  that is right action.

Jesus is our teacher and we can only find the right way if we follow Him.  Our thoughts and actions will not be  sufficient by  themselves.

Will we take a good look at ourselves and our direction, to ensure we will not fall into a pit?

 

Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/022722.cfm

Do Unto Others, as You Would Have Them Do to You

The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus gives us the way to a life of discipleship.

He asks us to develop an attitude to love, to stop judging, and stop expecting rewards for our good actions.

The Christian way to change the world does not always make sense to us, but it is the way of God.

Jesus promises a reward in heaven but also a way to live in peace, knowing that you are trying to do what is right.

Can we change our approach to situations and use God’s way rather than our way?

 

Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/022022.cfm

Do To Others As You Would Have Them Do To You

The Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Jesus was the first to bring us this most common and most popular rule of life.

Similarly, we are not to condemn, judge, or be reluctant to forgive.

Jesus expects us to learn from him and live our lives accordingly.

His mission was to further the building of the kingdom and our part is to help human beings live in a peaceful and reasonable way.

Our actions can either help in the building of the kingdom or do things to tear it down.

How can we just make things a little bit better?

Can we apply what Jesus said to a part of our life today?

 

Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/021322.cfm

Do Not Be Afraid. From Now on, You Will Be Catching Men.

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

How do we know when Jesus is calling us?

Like Simon, we may be asked to defer our own judgment, and respond to God’s instruction.

And as Peter was surprised by the result, we may be also.

True conversion is reflected in Peter’s response: “Depart from me Lord, for I am a sinful man”

Recognition and acceptance of Jesus’ power and majesty, bring repentance and humility.

When Jesus calls, will we surrender to him, putting aside our plans for His?

 

Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/020622.cfm

Today this Scripture Passage is Fulfilled in your Hearing

The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Jesus states, before the Jewish religious leaders, that He has been anointed by God to serve and to save his people.

He reads those words from Isaiah – a prophecy- then proclaims it fulfilled by his reading.

Can you imagine the impact this would have on His audience?

God speaks to us in unexpected ways sometimes – ways that may shock us.

Can we be humble and listen?

 

Readings:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/012322.cfm

My Hour Has Not Yet Come

The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus responds to the needs of the couple at the wedding feast of Cana.

He uses the opportunity to reveal His power over great and even everyday things, hence converting the water to wine at the wedding.

The guests and the wedding couple may not have initially known what happened but Jesus was at work in their lives.

The disciples noticed and believed.

God is never distant from us no matter what we are doing.

Every day of life is a miracle in and of itself.  We need to recognize this constant action of God in so many ways.

Can we reflect on this for our lives?

 

Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/011622.cfm

No One But the Father Knows the Day or the Hour

The Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus confirms that there will be an end.

Nothing will remain but His words will not pass away.

It requires that we keep all things in perspective.

It is now near the end of the liturgical year.  We should take time to remember what the Gospel has taught us.

Will we take some time to reflect on what we have heard and experienced?

Since we do not know when, are we ready now?

 

Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/111421.cfm

God Honors Gifts to Him in Accord With One’s Desire to Give

The Thirty-Second Sunday Ordinary Time

The rich can give much.

The poor widow gave all she had.

Giving from one’s surplus is good and giving from one’s essentials is even better.

The intention of the heart in giving should match one’s ability to give.

It’s really not about the value of the gift as it is about what one is trying to do.

Do we have the generosity to return to God a proper portion of what we have been given?

 

“All That She Has”, used with permission, by Howard Lyon Fine Art. Please visit www.howardlyon.com.

Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/110721.cfm

Love the Lord Your God and Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

The Thirty-First Sunday Ordinary Time

With these words, Jesus combines the supreme mandate of the Old Testament and the essence of His teaching.

Jesus shows us that the intentions of our hearts are the first and foremost thing that should guide us in all things.

If the intention within us is focused on the love of God and neighbor, we too can come closer to the Kingdom of God.

We need to love and act accordingly.

Are we correctly oriented and ready to act?

 

Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/103121.cfm

 

Master, I Want to See

The Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus healed the sight of Bartimaeus, a blind man.

He can also heal us of our inability to see Him clearly.

Jesus’ miracles attracted many followers because people saw the power of God in Him.

Bartimaeus was overwhelmed by his gift of sight yet many didn’t believe the fact that Jesus healed him.  They had no faith.

Jesus will perform miracles in our lives.  We can be healed of all sorts of spiritual, emotional, and physical ailments.

Will you let your faith in Him save you too?

 

Readings:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/102421.cfm